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husband's chemo was posted 10/31/2007 01:46 pm by LuckyGirl2
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Hi Lynn,

I don't know about the side effects of Avastin, but oxaliplatin is known for causing cold neuropathy in the extremities and Xeloda causes hand and foot syndrome.

I just discussed oxali w/ my onc yesterday. I was on it for a year and a half, which is almost unheard of, and stopped because the drug stopped working, not because of side effects. My onc said that many other oncs will stop oxali after 6 months because they believe the body cannot tolerate it, even if it is killing the cancer. He said this is really wrong and unfortunate, as it can add a year to one's life. What he has his pts do is take 900 mg of Neurontin a day (300 mg 3x a day, prescription) and take glutamine powder daily. (sorry I can't remember the dose, but I don't think you can take too much.)

For the hand and foot syndrome from Xeloda, he should take 500 mg L-Lycene 2x a day and 100 mg Vitamin B-6 2x a day. Also use serious lubricating moisturizer like bag balm or udder cream on hands and feet esp. at night, and wear loose sox over feet.

I have not heard of someone taking both Xeloda and oxali at the same time. No wonder he feels lousy! Hope this helps.

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